The Victoria Day holiday falls on Monday, May 20 this year. The holiday, named for Queen Victoria, has been going on since 1901. While its date often changes, it always occurs on the Monday before May 25 and involves TONS of fireworks and city-wide entertainment.
In anticipation of the 3-day weekend, we’ve selected 8 family-friendly events being held across the city that are guaranteed to be a good time:
- Family Nature Walk in High Park – On May 20, you and your family can learn all about the wetlands ecosystem and the creatures that live within it. This event is drop-in, by minimal donation, and doesn’t require registration! From 1:30-3pm on Saturday.
- Family Events at Harbourfront – May 20 -22, try out puppet karaoke, fly in a rigged hammock, watch trick BMX bikers, and do so much more with your family! They’re always tons of free things to do at the Harbourfront Centre, especially for the Victoria Day long weekend. With magicians, Circus School, and hula hooping – there is something for everyone!
- Knee-High Naturalists in High Park – This afternoon event for caregivers and little ones ages 3-5 is on May 21. It’s a great way to have kids engage in the natural world around them. You’ll get to search for wildlife, do some planting, sing songs, and do crafts! From 1:30-3:30 pm on Sunday.
- ROMWalks: Yorkville – On May 21, you can take part in a free guided walking tour led by ROM volunteers. Learn all about Yorkville, a former Tollgate village, by reviewing its history, architecture, and more. FREE, from 2-4pm on Sunday.
- Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay – This annual May 22 event has over 2,000 fireworks and is completely accessible by public transit. Located on the waterfront in Toronto’s east end, this pyrotechnic display is a can’t-miss. It’s a huge affair, so bring earplugs, blankets, and extra patience. Happening on Monday.
- Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland – Beginning at 10 pm on May 22, catch Toronto’s largest amusement park’s spectacular fireworks display. Every year’s show is different and is set to an original soundtrack! You don’t have to go in to the park to enjoy it though. With over 6,000 colourful explosions, you’ll be able to see it from miles away. Happening on Monday.
- Gibson House: A Centennial Legacy – From now until May 28, visit the historic Gibson House and learn about the Centennial celebrations and Canada’s 150th birthday. Tickets from $2.65 – $6.19.
- Our Journey: An Art Map of Canadian Identity at the Spadina Museum – On now until December 31, visit and take part in this story-sharing collaborative project. Learn about your peers’ “contributions to Canadian society’s past and present” and share your own!
With all this choice, what’ll you and your family get up to this Victoria Day weekend? Let us know in the comments below.